Craiglist ad leads investigators to accused moonshiner

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ORLANDO, Fla. - A Craigslist ad led authorities to an Orlando man they say ran a moonshine operation.
 
Robert Embry was making and selling moonshine using a keg, tubes and propane canisters that make up what state agents with the state Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco say is a moonshine still.
 
Embry advertised the still on Craigslist, saying it was capable of making "190 proof booze," authorities said.
 
Undercover investigators met Embry in College Park where they say he sold it to them for $500 cash and even showed them how to use it.
 
"The Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco is seeing an increase or slight uptick in more and more individuals either selling moonshine or trying to sell a moonshine still," said Tajiana Ancora-Brown, director of communications for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
 
One reason for the increased interest in moonshine is because of TV shows like Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners”, investigators say.
 
"Most Floridians may not realize participating in that type of activity is illegal," Brown said.
 
The main reason making moonshine or distilling any type of alcohol without the proper permit is illegal is because of the danger, investigators say.
 
The distilling process is dangerous the final product could be poisonous if it’s not done right.
 
"There is a very big difference between distilled alcohol and brewing beer," Brown said.